How to Remove Leather Smell


If you cannot take the smell of leather or a leather item has too strong of a smell, easily remove it with a few household items. Some cleaning tips recommend bleach and soaps, but those tend to be dangerous to use on leather. You run the risk of ruining the color of the leather or weakening the leather itself with those cleaning solutions.

Things You'll Need

  • Vinegar
  • Bucket
  • Sponges or cloths
  • Leather conditioner
  • Mix 1/4 cup vinegar with warm water in a bucket. The more vinegar you use, the more the smell of vinegar will linger.

  • Dip a sponge or cloth in the bucket of vinegar solution, then wring it out. Use a sponge for large surfaces like furniture or car seats and a cloth for a smaller item such as a jacket.

  • Wipe the leather down with the vinegar solution. Rinse the vinegar solution off of the leather with a clean cloth or sponge and warm water. Dry the leather item with a dry cloth. The leather will look shiny and clean.

  • Open the windows in the room or car to help dissipate the smell of vinegar. If the item you cleaned is clothing, hang it outside for an hour or two. This also helps get rid of the vinegar smell.

  • Apply leather conditioner if the vinegar smell lingers. Follow the directions on the leather conditioner container.

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